T-Mobile vs ATT?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by GKDAIR, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Me and my mom are moving to a new city in a few months, we won't have a lot of cash starting out, and we are sick of the ABSURD prices ATT charges.

    I'm going to google information on my own, but hopefully you guys could help me out as wel..

    For me, my mom, and my brother, our cell phone bill is over 300 dollars a month. My mother handles the bill, although when we move down I'll have to start paying my own,so I don't know the exact specifics.

    How is the coverage compared to ATT? If anybody cares to know, we are moving to Galveston, Texas. How are data speeds? I spend most of my time on Wi-fi so if the speed is a little slow, it won't make too much of a difference.

    The cost is what attracts us to T-mobile. 100 bucks down and 20 bucks a month, is that with a contract or no?
     
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    AT&T, simple.
     
  3. macrumors 68040

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    Check their coverage maps for specific details on how the coverage in Galveston is. If you're in the green areas then you're good as far as data goes. AT&T has them beat in rural areas though.
     
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  5. macrumors 65816

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    AT&T usually offers better coverage than Tmobile. Remember that Tmobile has roaming agreements with AT&T in a lot of areas because they simply don't have the coverage.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Posts like this are really just a waste of my time.
     
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    jav6454

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    It is the honest truth. Why complicate the uncomplicated. AT&T simple. Now, if you don't like the suggestion then don't take it.
     
  8. macrumors 68040

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    He is right. It's not even debatable. Tmobile is cheaper for a reason. Now if tmobile coverage is good in your area and you don't move around a lot, it may work for you.
     
  9. macrumors regular

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    Don't forget you may be eligible for a discount from work. goto an att or tmo store with a pay stub to see.
     
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    Back up your statement with facts and figures, not your opinion.

    Not exactly rocket science.
     
  12. macrumors 68040

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    U don't need to be a rocket scientist. Common sense.

    SBC. The real company that purchased ATT. SBC wireless has a strangle hold in Texas. That has always been their base. SBC changes their name to ATT after they purchased the company.

    Bell South also was part of Cingular. Bell South Strangle hold over Atlanta area and most parts of Florida. That's why ATT is superior in those parts.

    If u think T-mobile is just as good in Galveston TX. Try it out for 14 days. Drive around areas u will be most of the time. Return it if u don't think coverage is good.
     
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    IMHO it should boil down to coverage. Choose the one you think is perfect for your everyday needs and call it a day.
     
  14. macrumors regular

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    The better carrier is T-Mobile. AT&T is very greedy and doesn't put the customer first, nor appreciate their loyal customers, trust me.

    T-Mobile has a far superior network, where they have coverage. T-Mobile has the best plans, unlimited data, WiFi calling, simultaneous voice and data, and now an LTE network. They are also GSM based which makes them on the exact same page as AT&T.

    AT&T will always be larger because of their coverage footprint. They just kept merging throughout the years buying smaller companies. AT&T doesn't bleed customers like T-Mobile does. T-Mobile also has many, many areas where they only have 2G. AT&T has HSPA+ in many of those T-Mobile 2G areas. AT&T wins hands down for many people simply because of that.

    If T-Mobile had LTE here, and I wasn't in contract with AT&T, I'd move over in a second.
     
  15. macrumors regular

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    Ive had no issues with customer support on any carrier.

    AT&T has done what I asked(waive fee, discount service for a fee months (hard ship).

    T-Mobile helped me through a transition but I left them 4 months later because of coverage problems. Verizon service just sucks. yes they have coverage everywhere but it was poor coverage and not as fast or consistant as T-Mobile.

    Sprint used to be good until the Nextel merger. Never tried em again.
     
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    AT&T does not allow T-Mobile devices to roam on their 3G network. It is voice only.

    Just a reminder to OP that T-Mobile basically has EDGE has their predominate data network and their network size is pretty pathetic to VZW/AT&T. Don't just switch because it's cheaper. If you're stuck in a EDGE only area with TMo, your iPhone is basically a useless brick.

    I'd suggest getting a prepaid card for a few days and trying it out before switching over
     
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    And where did I mention 3G? My point was that Tmobile is inferior thus why it needs AT&T to allow their customers to use their phone in certain areas.
     
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    but if u get the new iPhone 5 after April 12th you will fall back to aws3g instead of edge.
     
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    True, but AWS HSPA+ is just as spotty in most areas, unless you're right in the middle of a top metro market. Signal will be more solid than PCS though because more towers have it deployed.
     
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    Lets not forget the metro pcs merger
     
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    Not big enough. MetroPCS doesn't operate everywhere and they have zero GSM for TMobile users to roam on. It's LTE or CDMA (EVDO/1x).

    The extra spectrum from MetroPCS will help them boost up LTE to 2x10 in major areas (where MetroPCS owns spectrum), while still maintaining the 42+ HSPA network. But this can't happen everywhere. It's either going to be 2x10 LTE/21 HSPA+ or 2x5 LTE/42 HSPA.

    But again, that's not the issue. T-Mobile does fine in the middle of top metro areas. MetroPCS is very similar in this regard. But once you leave that city, you're stuck on EDGE because TMobile doesn't want to upgrade those towers up to at least HSPA.
     
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    I live in the the Houston/Galveston area and T-Mobile has fairly good coverage but not as good as AT&T. What they really lack is good building penetration and they're notorious for having spotty coverage within the city limits. You could get full bars outside and be down to as low as 1bar once you go inside or drive in and out of coverage within a 5 miles radius. I switched over to AT&T years ago so hopefully they've improved on their network since then.
     
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    SAD*FACED*CLOWN

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    your post is full of false information....Tmobile cannot compare to AT&T in the state of Texas...and other places
     
  24. macrumors newbie

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    Choosing between bad and worse. Full disclosure, I'm on AT&T. That said, I have friends using T-mobile, and between the two, AT&T is bad, but T-mobile is far worse.

    ETA: I'm located in the Triangle area of NC. T-mobile folks here regularly find dead spots in the urban areas here.
     
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    First and foremost you need to select which company provides the best coverage for your area. Secondly how are they with drops and performance.

    From what I hear, T-Mo is a lot smaller (coverage wise) then ATT, and I'm not sure about their 4G map - I think they're a little late to the 4G party.
     

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